McDonnell rallies Labour supporters to oppose Robinson march

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called on “all Labour members and anyone who cares about the future of our country” to join a Momentum demonstration to oppose far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who intends to lead a march in London on Sunday 9 December. it doesn’t matter whether you voted leave or remain, Tommy Robinson doesn’t […]

Labour appoints new London regional director

After a substantial period of acting regional directors drafted in from the north-west, the Labour Party has appointed longstanding Labour activist Hazel Flynn as its new regional director for London. Ms Flynn is an eminently-qualified organiser, as the role requires, who signed a July 2016 statement of support for Jeremy Corbyn published by Lesbians and […]

Enfield: Caliskan narrowly avoids no-confidence as right packs meeting but list of complaints not removed

Nesil Caliskan Last week, the SKWAWKBOX reported the no-confidence motion unanimously agreed by the executive of Enfield Southgate CLP (constituency Labour party) in right-wing council leader Nesil Caliskan for a vote at the next full meeting of the CLP. That meeting took place last night – and Caliskan avoided a no-confidence vote in an acrimonious meeting that […]

Astonishing accusations by Enfield council leader earn stinging response by members

An astonishing message put out – and then deleted – by Enfield’s right-wing Labour council leader has led to a stinging response by representatives of local members. Nesil Caliskan, a close ally of Enfield North MP Joan Ryan, was the subject of a motion of no confidence tabled by Enfield Southgate CLP (constituency Labour party) for […]

Umunna CLP officers accused by members of anti-democratic practices

Centrist MP Chuka Umunna’s Streatham CLP (constituency Labour party) has already been at the centre of controversy, when members complained of a ‘stitch-up’ by the CLP’s right-dominated executive as it nominated challenger Owen Smith during the 2016 leadership election. Now some of the CLP’s executive officers have been accused by members of a series of […]

Excl: Enfield Southgate CLP motion of no confidence in controversial council leader Caliskan

Enfield Southgate station at night The SKWAWKBOX has carried a series of exclusives on the Enfield council selections scandal, where Council leader Nesil Caliskan has been at the centre of an investigation by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) into the ‘irregularities’ that occurred during the selection process to elect Labour candidates, including the deselection of all black candidates. Nesil […]

Video: UN’s Alston – Tory policies designed to tell most vulnerable “you’re on your own”

UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston UN Special Rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, today delivered a damning verdict on the Tory government’s treatment of the UK’s vulnerable people – the disabled, single mothers, the low-paid and the unemployed – during the presentation of his preliminary findings from his tour of the UK […]

Tory chair Lewis gets owned by locals for SureStart jibe – it’s both hilarious and tragic

Tory chair and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis showed typical Tory arrogance yesterday with a dismissive comment about a large attendance of local people to protest against Tory-controlled Norfolk County Council’s plan to ‘transform’ children’s services in the area – by closing six of the town’s SureStart centres as part of a plan to shut down forty-six […]

Lab First & Open Labour candidates fail to win home CLP nomination – eliminated from ballot

Interesting developments in the contest for six additional places on Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), the party’s senior disciplinary body. At least two candidates from slates competing against the unified slate supported by CLPD, Momentum and other left groups have failed to win nomination by their home CLP (constituency Labour party) – and are therefore eliminated […]